U.S. MNT Camp Notes & Quotes from Chicago
ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR TUESDAY USA TRAINING IN CHICAGO: The U.S. Men's National Team had all hands in attendance for training on Tuesday in Chicago. The 20-player roster is preparing for Saturday's match-up with England in a major international showdown at Soldier Field in Chicago (live on ESPN & Telemundo at 2 p.m. CT). Joining the active roster for today's session was midfielder DaMarcus Beasley and defender Jonathan Spector, who will both be with the team in Chicago all week. Beasely is recovering from a left knee injury sustained with his Dutch Club PSV on April 29, while Spector is staying fit in preparation of the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team's trip to the upcoming FIFA World Youth Championship in Holland. Spector will join the rest of his U-20 teammates on June 1 in Carson, Calif.
ENGLAND ARRIVES IN CHICAGO: The England National Team arrived at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday evening after leaving from Manchester, England earlier in the day. England will train for the first time stateside on Wednesday morning, with an afternoon press conference scheduled late in the afternoon. The team has build a window into their afternoon schedule at 1:45 p.m. to make sure to catch Premiership side Liverpool taking on AC Milan in the Champions League Final from Istanbul, Turkey.
all_access VIDEO - BEAZ ON THE WAY BACK: One of the pleasantly surprising elements to the training camp in Chicago is the presence of DaMarcus Beasley. The 23-year-old celebrated his birthday today while undergoing rehabilitation with the team this week, with an eye towards being fit enough to participate in the upcoming crucial qualifiers against Costa Rica and Panama. In today's installment of ussoccer.com's popular all_access video, Beasley discusses the horrifying tackle, updates his progress, and outlines his goals for the next two weeks. Stay tuned for "Beasley, Part Two" tomorrow, when he reviews his season with PSV and previews the USA's upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Watch the all_access Video "Beaz on the Way Back" HERE.
QUOTES FROM CAMP ... ONLY AT ussoccer.com: Following training today, ussoccer.com caught up with U.S. Manager Bruce Arena, defender Eddie Pope and midfielders Landon Donovan and Clyde Simms to get their thoughts on England and the USA's current preparations. For all of their thoughts, log on to ussoccer.com's exclusive on-site coverage of the U.S. Men's National Team.
Read the quotes from Arena, Pope, Donovan and Simms HERE.